Tangle | African & Caribbean Theatre

International Theatre for Local People
Tangle is South West England’s African Caribbean Theatre Company. We celebrate the work of artists of African, Caribbean and more than 50 other heritages.

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Artistic Director – Anna Coombs

Anna has worked as a director at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, The New Vic, Stoke on Trent, The Oxford Playhouse and The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury as well as across London’s West End.  She founded Tangle whilst based  at Hall for Cornwall, Truro where her directing credits included HIGHFLIERS by Henry Darke,  BLOOD by Victoria Field, RESPONSES (new plays) NEVER SAY RABBIT IN A BOAT by Nick Darke, the first UK revival of his inaugural play and a tribute to her long time  friend and collaborator. In 2008 she directed Christopher Marlowe’s THE JEW OF MALTA with an international cast, which, along with Tangle’s opening production EVERYMAN, won The 2010 TMA Eclipse Award. For Hall for Cornwall she also helped the theatre win the TMA Renee Stepham Award and the TMA Award for Achievement in Touring.

Recent directing credits include BACKSLIDER by Shiona Morton (The Ustinov, Bath), and for Tangle, a collection of six new plays, A DROP TO DRINK  at Soho Theatre London in partnership with The National Theatre Studio, VANHU VESE (performed in English, Shona, siSwati and Kinyarwanda) co-produced with The Africa Centre and Rich Mix, and Esther O’Toole’s THE CROSSING co-produced with Nottingham Playhouse and Theatre 503.

In 2010 she was Director on Attachment at The National Theatre Studio and Resident Director at NITRO (Black Music Theatre), returning to The NT in 2011 to direct Koa Oduor Anthony’s play MAKMENDE VIES FOR PRESIDENT in English, Swahili and Sheng for The National Theatre African Playwriting Project. Anna is also a freelance creative consultant and race equality strategist. She is Research Associate (African Theatre) at SOAS, London University and a panellist for Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA)’s Guest Projects Africa.


Associate Artists:

A vital part of Tangle’s artistic engine room is powered by our three Associate Artists, who provide an important sounding board to the Artistic Director and our creative teams. They provide Tangle’s core team with a wider perspective not only on the theatre industry and our role in it, but on the needs and ambitions of artists working internationally today, and how we can best ensure our own projects stretch skills and remain relevant to the wider theatre scene. All Tangle’s commissions and projects stretch and build ability, making those who contribute feel they have raised the bar and grown in their ability so they can go on to the next project with finely honed skills.

Msimisi Dlamini 

Msimisi Dlamini was born in Swaziland and trained at RADA. He is a professionally trained actor and singer, and an Associate Artist of Tangle. He has performed across the UK as an actor at The Rose Theatre, for Tangle, in London’s West End on national tours with productions such as Soul Sister and in regional theatre across the UK. As a professional singer and musician he has fronted bands 6 pointsThe Relatives and Animal Circus. His film, TV and radio credits include Shoot on SiteSex Drugs and Rock n’ Roll and for the BBC, Doctors and The Body Farm. Msimisi has been instrumental in developing the ensemble concepts behind Tangle Company.

Sibusiso Mamba 

Sibusiso Mamba was born in Swaziland and trained at RADA. He is an actor, producer, writer and director and an Associate Artist of Tangle. He was Associate Lecturer in Drama at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2006/2007. He is annual Guest Artist and Assistant Course Director of the Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory (Advanced Track) in New Jersey, USA. He recently toured the UK playing the title role in the Young Vic’s production of Athol Fugard’s Sizwe Banzi is Dead. Sibusiso has helped distinguish Tangle’s distinctive brand of theatre making from township theatre’s original traditions.


Communications Associate – Debo Adebayo

Debo joined Tangle in 2011. He previously was digital and communications consultant to NITRO and The Red Room and also worked as music supervisor in I Stand CorrectedMuhammad Ali and Me and as  assistant composer in  Moj of the Antarctic at the Oval House and Lyric Theatre. When he’s not planning and implementing theatre digital strategy and communications, Debo works tirelessly in the music, media and arts industries as a music supervisor and creative  music synchronisation consultant as well as a record label manager, DJ, producer and promoter. Debo has an MA in Music Business Management.


Creative Associate – Pascale Kasirabo

Pascale is currently studying for a combined degree in Theatre Arts at The University of Kent. He has worked with Tangle as Director’s Assistant on A Drop To Drink and The Crossing, and is part way through a three year placement developing the company’s artistic, administrative and online functions. He has performed in a number of productions at Kingston College and at Rich Mix in London and directed two short films. He recently directed Connor McPherson’s THE WEIR. He was born in Rwanda.


Graphic Design Associate - Ifti Rashid 

Biography to follow shortly.


Administrator – Claire Slatcher

Claire joined Tangle in 2015 and provides administrative support to our creative team.  Claire received her BSc (Hons) Environmental Studies with Sociology from Bournemouth University in 2004, and specializes in society, sustainability and the environment.  Currently based in Somerset, Claire has over 20 years administration experience and has worked in a range posts and sectors including community activism; education based project work; and driving policy development within the social housing industry.  Claire is passionate about communities and the arts, and has a deep appreciation for the work of non-profit organisations within our society.


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